Slavery isn’t a thing of the past. There are more slaves in the world right now than were ever present in slave-owning America. According to Walk Free Foundation, there are over 45 million people around the world currently trapped in slavery.
You may be surprised to learn that Canada has over 6 thousand people trapped in slavery. In fact, Canada is considered a key way station in the lucrative slave business. It is easier to smuggle people across our borders into the United States, than using any other entry method. This difficult truth is a total disgrace.
The term slavery includes forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage and sex trafficking.
Canada didn’t even have laws against human trafficking until 2005 and there is still no minimum sentence established. The first case of human trafficking with conviction involved a Canadian born minor who was being sold and purchased through Craigslist.
The F1 race in Montreal is increasingly developing a reputation as a sex tourism destination for perverts and paedophiles from around the world.
Many women are forced into sex trafficking by their boyfriend. These traffickers will use threats against family members to get the women to cooperate.
Children are being lured through social media sites. Some porn and human traffickers pass themselves off as someone your child knows, like a kid a school, then once the relationship is established, they start asking for nudes. Once they have the nudes, they blackmail your child into giving them the name and information on a friend or the pictures go on the internet. The truth is that these pictures are already on the internet. If they can, they will try to convince your child to get on a public bus and come meet them. The police don’t have enough authorities to do anything preventive.
Aboriginal women and minorities are at risk for predators amid public indifference. The death and disappearance of aboriginal women have emerged as an alarming nationwide issue and yet, the media coverage is almost inexistent. Government promises inquiries and action, but due to red tape and delays very little has been done.
Some sex trafficking rings make false job advertisement abroad to attract potential victims. The women get picked up at the airport. They rely on their employer since they are not familiar with the area. These men use violence to scare the women into the following instruction. They then take away their passport and plane ticket home making sure they have no easy way home. These victims are often afraid of police authority because their own police are corrupt. They also fear reprisals because they no longer have proper documentation. They suddenly look like illegal immigrants. They also force women to take drugs so that they will be too high to escape or fight back.
Skilled workers from abroad are being packed into filthy houses, denied pay, threatened with deportation.
These men use violence to scare the women into the following instruction. They then take away their passport and plane ticket home making sure they have no easy way home. They also force women to take drugs so that they will be too high to escape or fight back.
“When I took a job to save for my daughter’s college education, I never thought I’d go through five months of hell.” – Shandra Woworuntu
The rise in slavery is largely going unnoticed in Canada and many other countries who consider themselves 1st world countries. The problem isn’t being taken seriously enough. Laws are inadequate or too light to force change. As citizens, we need to bring this issue up as a political point during the next elections. We need to be forcing our government to take real measures against slavery and help victims get free.
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